The Preschool was officially opened yesterday by the Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt and the member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny, with a little help from some of our Pre-schoolers and our School Captains. The occasion was attended by former staff members, committee members and School council members, past and present, and dignitaries from the Department. Everyone was greatly impressed by the facility and, of course, how well our students performed!
Kiss and Go
A reminder that we have two allocated Kiss and Go zones surrounding the school. One at Cirrus Street beside the school garden and the other is located on Coast Banksia Drive near the junior playground. It has come to our attention that there have been unattended cars parked in these zones during drop off and pick up times. When parking in the Kiss and Go between 8-9:30am and 2:30-4:00pm on school days, drivers must remain with their vehicle and only be parked in this area for a maximum of 2 minutes. Please refer to the flyer attached to this newsletter for further information regarding the Kiss and Go rules.
Please be aware that there is only very limited legal parking in Josef Lane. I have been advised by neighbours that people are parking in front of people’s garages and/or illegally on the yellow line opposite in the lane and leaving the cars.
I am aware that photos have been taken of people parking illegally and that the photos will be sent to council if this practice continues.
Personal accident Insurance and Personal Property
Please be aware that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents/carers of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs. Parents/carers can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.
Please also be aware that the Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Please refer to our Personal Property Policy for further information regarding personal property.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Great news! The 2nd hand uniform shop will be commencing on Monday 1st March in the library (front of hall ) and will be open the first Monday of each month thereon from 3:30 – 4:00pm.
Annual privacy reminder
Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website or by clicking here.
Early collection of students at Lunchtime
Due to the building works being carried out at the school, our speaker system does not reach the school oval. For this reason, we ask that if you have to pick up your child at lunchtime, you do so between 1:30pm -1:40pm so that your child can hear the announcement.
At Bonbeach Primary School, we follow a Positive Behaviour for Learning, whole school approach to student welfare and discipline. We encourage all families to familiarise themselves with our school Positive Behaviour for Learning Handbook and Student Handbook (updated for 2021). These can be found by clicking on the links below or on our school website.
Helping your child become the best student they can be
by Michael Grose
The new school year is full of excitement and possibility for students and parents. Regardless of how a child or young person has previously performed, this year offers a chance to set a new course.
While it’s tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority, this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It’s wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person become the best student they can be. Here’s how.
The rapidly changing world and workforce that your child will enter requires that they have a willingness to continually learn and adapt. The concept of a lifelong learner, previously lauded by educators with an eye to the future, has now become a reality. Learning and continual improvement should be embedded in each child’s psyche so that school life is just a starting point to a lifetime of learning, growth and development. Help your child see themselves as successful learners who achieve results through hard work and application, and that nothing is beyond them if they apply themselves.
Leadership is required in all walks of life including at school, at work, in families and in the wider community. Help your child see themselves as a leader by focusing on personal leadership capacities such as planning ahead, communicating clearly, being accountable for their behaviour, developing emotional awareness and fostering good relationships with siblings and peers. Personal leadership development provides a strong foundation for the development of leadership skills in more public forums in later life.
The school years are critical for the development of independence, which can easily be closed down by the roadblocks of impatience, overindulgence, fear and lack of time. Alternatively, independence is promoted when we show patience, provide opportunity, display confidence and teach students how.
If there is one difference that modern schooling is making to the next generation it’s in the leadership they have shown in recent years to the maintenance of mental health and wellbeing practises. Parents can support their child’s long term wellbeing by embedding wellbeing habits including healthy eating, exercise, sleep, relaxation techniques, regular time in nature, gratitude and mindfulness.
If you want your child to be liked by others, it’s essential to spend time and effort developing the skills and attitudes needed to succeed. Develop in them an awareness of how their behaviour impacts on others, instil manners and community-mindedness and develop a broad range of friendship skills that will assist them to relate well to others.
2020 showed us life is unpredictable, full of ups and downs, straight balls and curve balls. It’s the unpredictability, the downs and the curve balls that develop kids’ resilience. How parents and teachers react to the hardships, frustrations and difficulties kids face either hamper or foster resilience. Spoil, overprotect or pamper and growth opportunities are wasted. Support, encourage and teach kids to cope and you’ll be helping them develop a real sense of psychological hardiness and resilience that’s essential for long term happiness and success.
Make this year a memorable one by helping your child grow and develop into the best student they can be. Keep the focus broad and do all you can to ensure that your child sees themselves as a confident and continuous learner.
Ken and Lisa
Bonbeach Primary School Swim Team 2021
Congratulations to all the students in Years three to six who participated in the swimming trials at Toby Haenen Swim Centre last week. We had 43 students try out on the day. A big thank you to Ms Roolker and the parents who helped judge and enter results on the day.
The team of 25 has now been finalised, and will compete at the District Swimming Sports on Wednesday 17th of February.
Consent and Payment have gone out on Compass this week to students who made the team.
Congratulations to all that tried out and good luck to the following students at District:
Bella Granger Owen Harraway Lydia Fish
Leo Granger Griffin Drinan Talitha Fish
Isabelle Atkins Charlotte Shannon Frank Blake
Saraya Lang Kailani Adamson Lachlan Cahir
Caitlyn Elding Ella Macdonald Mia Carpenter
Ben Dodson Tamika Doorey Harper Bierman
Liam Harvey Summer Jardine Chelsea Willis
Judd Harvey Lucas Lengenburg Leo Wang Rowan Shead